About

Saxophonist Angela Davis has recently returned to Australia after having lived in New York City for the past eight years. During her time in the States, Angela received a Masters of Music from the University of the Arts and had the opportunity to study with numerous saxophone greats including Dick Oatts, Lee Konitz and Steve Wilson.

In May of 2013 Davis released her debut album, The Art Of the Melody, to rave reviews throughout the USA and Australia in publications such as the New York City Jazz Record, All About Jazz and The Weekend Australian. The album was officially released at the world-renowned New York City venue – The Kitano.

After receiving the Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary in 2014, Davis was able to record her second album as a leader entitled Lady Luck, featuring Dan Tepfer, Linda Oh, Richie Barshay and a string quartet. Lady Luck was shortlisted for three 2016 Australian Bell Awards including Best Instrumental Jazz Album, Best Produced Album and Best Australian Jazz Composition.

As a band -leader, Davis has been featured in the Emerging Artists Series at the Bar Next Door in New York and has also performed at the Kitano, Tomi Jazz, WhyNot Jazz Room and many other venues in the city. She has appeared in Australia and the U.S. at the Brisbane International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival, Noosa Jazz Festival, Villanova Jazz Festival, Mainline Jazz Festival, Sunshine Coast Jazz Festival, Valley Jazz Festival and Bangalow Jazz Festival among other events. Davis has also performed and or recorded as a sideman with Sandy Evans, ATM15, Bobby Porcelli, Kevin Hunt, Jim Pugh, Graeme Lyall, John Hoffman, Kristin Berardi, Steve Newcomb, Joe Chindamo, the Cecilia Coleman Big Band, the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra and the American Jazz Repertory Orchestra under the direction of Clem Derosa.

Davis is endorsed by Marca Reeds.

She does her part to keep the cool school alive.

The New York City Jazz Record

2015-03-19T01:58:28+00:00

The New York City Jazz Record

She does her part to keep the cool school alive.
Davis has a beautifully elegant, honeyed alto tone, reminiscent of Paul Desmond.

John McBeath, The Australian

2015-03-19T01:56:11+00:00

John McBeath, The Australian

Davis has a beautifully elegant, honeyed alto tone, reminiscent of Paul Desmond.
Her sweet tone, her dedication to melody over technical prowess and her interactions with the rhythm section deliver a strong message – for Ms. Davis, the ‘art’ is found in the ‘melody’.

Step Tempest

2015-03-19T01:59:04+00:00

Step Tempest

Her sweet tone, her dedication to melody over technical prowess and her interactions with the rhythm section deliver a strong message – for Ms. Davis, the ‘art’ is found in the ‘melody’.
This music is lean and trim, well conceived from beginning to end.

C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz (The Art Of The Melody review)

2015-03-19T01:55:06+00:00

C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz (The Art Of The Melody review)

This music is lean and trim, well conceived from beginning to end.
An instinctively melodic approach.

Jessica Nicholas, The Age

2015-03-19T01:52:07+00:00

Jessica Nicholas, The Age

An instinctively melodic approach.
Angela Davis
Angela proudly endorses Marca Reeds